The Most Cringeworthy TV Shows Of The 1970s

By Sarah Norman | October 18, 2023

The Super Friends

Welcome to a journey back in time to the wild world of 1970s television, where disco grooves and bell-bottoms weren't the only unforgettable elements of the era. While the '70s brought us some iconic TV classics, it also birthed a slew of cringeworthy, head-scratching, and downright awful shows that left audiences baffled and entertained in equal measure. Whether you vividly remember these television travesties or are about to discover them for the first time, prepare yourself for a gallery that delves into the depths of television's dark and quirky corners.

Strap in for this nostalgic trip through the worst TV shows of the 1970s, featuring infamous flops like BJ and the Bear, Supertrain, The Ropers, and Mrs. Columbo.

Let's dive headfirst into the world of small-screen misfires, and maybe, just maybe, find some guilty pleasures along the way. Read on to explore the TV flops that even time couldn't forget.

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Super Friends, the Hanna-Barbera produced cartoon that aired throughout the 1970s, holds a unique and enduring place in the hearts of fans in spite of the fact that it wasn't very good. While it may not have boasted the animation quality and intricate storytelling of modern superhero adaptations, it was the groundbreaking series that first brought the iconic heroes of the Justice League to the small screen.

With characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, Super Friends was a simplistic yet wholesome approach to storytelling, coupled with a commitment to promoting positive values and teamwork, made it a beloved part of many childhoods. This is a series to keep in your memory palace, just don't unlock that door.

Co-Ed Fever

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The CBS sitcom Co-Ed Fever was a colossal disappointment, with only one out of six produced episodes ever making it to the airwaves. Featuring a cast that included Alexa Kenin, Cathryn O’Neill, Heather Thomas, Tracy Phillips, and Jillian Kesner, the series revolved around the lives of young women living in a dorm at Baxter College.

To make matters worse, Co-Ed Fever was initially conceived as one part of a three-part "frat house" comedy series, but the show's dismal plot and production quality led to the failure of the entire project.